March 29, 2011 |
Chivas USA's run in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup lasted all of 90 minutes. Two goals in the final six minutes Tuesday night gave the Portland Timbers a 2-0 victory in a wind-swept and rain-soaked match at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus. Both goals came just moments after Chivas forward Justin Braun was denied a clear scoring opportunity by Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who rushed out of his area to tackle the ball away from Braun. The Timbers then counterattacked quickly and took the lead when Jack Jewsbury's shot from distance beat Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and went in at the left post.
July 18, 2012 |
Entering arguably its most crucial three-game stretch of the season, Chivas USA approached Wednesday knowing full well what was at stake. Another scoreless tie would be unacceptable, especially against a team currently at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. "We knew we had to win this game," midfielder Ben Zemanski said. "It was a huge game for us. " Sitting one spot out of the MLS Cup playoff picture, and playing with a sense of urgency, Chivas scored 16 minutes into its match against Portland, then held on to beat the Timbers, 1-0, in front of 13,827 at the Home Depot Center.
June 25, 2011 |
Somewhere along the line, the message is not getting through. Let the players play the game and keep the referees and assistant referees out of the picture as much as possible. The more invisible the referee, the better the game. That was the notion espoused decades ago by one of the sport's finest officials, the late Ken Aston, a World Cup referee from England and inventor of the system of red and yellow cards. In Aston's view, the referee should be seen as the conductor of the orchestra, and not try to be the featured soloist.
April 6, 2012 |
When: 7:30. Where: Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, Ore. On the air: TV: KDOC, KWHY. Records: Chivas 1-3, Portland 1-2-1. Record vs. Portland (2011): 1-1. Update: Chivas USA, which has scored just one goal in four matches, will be without its most dynamic offensive threat for the fourth straight week: Forward Juan Pablo Angel was again ruled out with post-concussion symptoms. Also remaining on the sidelines is midfielder Michael Lahoud, who hasn't played this season because of a right hamstring strain.
April 15, 2012 |
If you were to combine Juninho and David Junior Lopes and divide by two, you'd wind up with two average-sized soccer players — not to mention an even number of names for both. Taken as they are, the 5-foot-7 Juninho and his 6-foot-3 Brazilian countryman were the largest and smallest of the Galaxy's outfield players Saturday. And together they played the biggest roles in a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers before an announced crowd of 22,143 at the Home Depot Center.
May 26, 2012 |
Eric Wynalda has an opinion about everything, which makes the soccer Hall of Famer such an entertaining TV analyst. "Everybody thinks that I'm just a TV guy with a big mouth that's very critical of things," Wynalda barks into his cellphone. "And I get it. They're right. " What has Wynalda fired up on this morning is the way Major League Soccer teams choose their players and coaches. It's a staid system in which everyone is expected to fit into a particular box - the coaches with near-identical resumes and the players filling narrow, predetermined roles.